I’ve always used belts (and most things for that matter) more for fashion than function, however there’s no doubt that the fit of a good belt can make your look polished, and most importantly – comfortable! There are different opinions about what kind of belt should be worn with certain things, but I’ve always felt the first priority should be how it looks on your body (not on the model in an ad). Once you get to know what kinds of shapes and sizes work for you, it is easier to buy without trying on.
The purpose of a belt should be to hold your pants in place as if you are standing up. It’s important to know that if your pants scrunch in the back when you are wearing a belt that is fit snug on your hips – your pants are too big (at least in the waist). Standing upright, you should not need a belt (for function) if you have the right size pants. Belts are for sitting down and bending over. A lot of people who are frustrated with finding belts actually don’t realize they’re buying the wrong size pants. In that case, you can either invest in tailoring (which I would definitely suggest for a pair of jeans or work pants that get a ton of use) or… buy some new pants.
I’ve put together a compilation below, including some classic, some fun and some dream-worthy belts. Happy shopping!
Tan Belt from Dorothy Perkins $9, Brown Leather Belt from Gap $16.50, Medium Tan Belt from Zappos $35 photos taken from websites
Saddle Belt form J Crew $24.99, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Belt from Zappos $58, Linea Pelle Belt from Zappos $99 photos taken from website
White Belt with Tassels from Dorothy Perkins $11, Linea Pelle Black Skinny Belt with Studs from Zappos $84.99, Linea Pelle Thick Belt with Holes from Zappos $92.99 photos taken from website
Hot Pink Belt from J Crew $29.99, Red Patent Leather Belt from TopShop $28, Patent Leather Green Belt from ASOS $10.91 photos taken from website
Striped Belt from ASOS $27.27, Joe’s Jeans Gold Belt from Zappos $53.99, Striped Belt from Gap $16.95 photos taken from website
Lavender Belt from ASOS $10.91, Yellow Belt with Bow from ASOS $10.91, Orange Belt from Piperlime $29 photos taken from website
Flower Print Belt from ASOS $16.36, Red + Purple Suede Belt from ASOS $27.27, Roxy Aztec Belt from Zappos $34.99 photos taken from website
Michael Kors Leopard Print Belt from Zappos $52, Linea Pelle Red Belt with Holes from Zappos $59.99, Linea Pelle Skinny Leopard Belt from Zappos $58.99 photos taken from website
Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody from Bloomingdales $198 (wrap this around your waist), Michael Kors Chain Belt with Pocket from Zappos $68, Belt Bag from Gucci $530 photos taken from website
See by Chloe Belt from ASOS $325.40, M Missoni Belt from Net-A-Porter $345, Salvatore Ferragamo Belt from Zappos Couture $360 photos taken from website
Dolce & Gabbana Pink Leather Belt from Net-A-Porter $275, Marni Embellished Belt from Net-A-Porter $235, Heart Buckle Belt from Diane Von Furstenberg $129.50 photos taken from website